Greece introduces birth right citizenship – makes it retroactive

Protesting the Mohammed movie in 2012 in Athens

ATHENS, FEBRUARY 16 – As many as 100,000 children who have been born to migrant parents in Greece could benefit in a law change that would allow them to obtain citizenship more easily, Kathimerini online reported quoting some experts as saying.

Alternate Minister for Immigration Policy Tasia Christodoulopoulou has said that government will pass a law allowing all second generation migrants the right to claim citizenship, even though Syriza’s coalition partner Independent Greeks has said that its MPs will not back such legislation.

This comes after the Pasok government passed in 2010 a law that allowed migrants’ children to claim Greek citizenship if their parents had lived legally in the country for at least five years.

The law, though, was opposed by New Democracy, which led the coalition formed in June 2012 and the Council of State deemed the legislation unconstitutional in 2013.

Before the process was frozen, though, more than 25,000 applications for citizenship had been received from second generation immigrants…

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